Several Samsung Group subsidiaries, including Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display, are embroiled in a new patent infringement lawsuit,media reported. THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS, THE MAKER OF THE JAPANESE OLED DISPLAY. JOLED SEEKS COMPENSATION, INCLUDING DAMAGES AND LIABILITIES, FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT SEEKING BY SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS, SAMSUNG DISPLAY AND SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS USA.
JOLED also filed a lawsuit in the Mannheim District Court in Germany seeking an injunction against patent infringement by Samsung Electronics and its local subsidiaries. JOLED SAID SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS AND SAMSUNG VIOLATED ITS OLED PATENTS BY USING, SELLING OR OFFERING GALAXY-BRANDED PHONES IN THE U.S. OR IMPORTING SAMSUNG GALAXY-BRANDED SMARTPHONES INTO THE U.S. WITHOUT PERMISSION.
JOLED has approximately 4,000 registered and pending OLED patents. The company was formed in 2015 after an alliance between Sony and Panasonic’s display division. The company began shipping its first product, the 21.6-inch 4K OLED display, in 2017. JOLED also announced that it has begun to establish the world’s first printed OLED production line, and intends to bring the display technology to mass production by the end of 2020.
Given JOLED’s large-screen portfolio, this patent infringement lawsuit may be related to Samsung’s smartphone division, or to Samsung’s PC displays or possibly to its tablet/laptop product line. Samsung, meanwhile, is also facing competition from China and EverDisplay Optronics, which are supplying large OLED panels to Stephigh Electronics and Huawei.